3 Fun Apps for Kids to celebrate Chinese New Year

According to the Chinese zodiac, Saturday, January 28th concludes the Year of the Monkey and begins the Year of the Rooster! If your family can’t make it to China to join in the festivities (which can last up to two weeks!), an app is the next best way to introduce your children to new cultures, and to feel connected to your own culture’s traditions. So to commemorate the Chinese New Year without getting on an airplane, here are a selection of great apps to get you and your youngster in the celebratory spirit! Happy New Year, readers!

The Chinese New Year is right around the corner, so why not indulge in this new year spirit by celebrating with these apps below? Learning to appreciate and understand other cultures that make our world is crucial as global citizenship has become inevitable in this New World Order. With China on its way to becoming the number one world economy by 2030 – it would be wise to start learning about this country extensively as this will deeply change the Western hegemony that most of us have been accustomed to.

Read Chinese, Learn Mandarin – daily easy Chinese News is essential to garner a general interest in China, whilst developing the language skills at the same time. Numerous articles can be read and interacted with in the community that the app provides. Audio features also help learners internalise the language. With a 5 star rating, your students are sure to become avid learners!

My Chinese Copybook: Elementary Class is great for little kids or beginners of Mandarin or Cantonese. This app teaches pronunciation and writing, but the overall aim of this app is to master the art of handwriting with Chinese characters. As it is a hard language to learn, a systematic approach to character formation and stroke order has been incorporated to understand the spatial relationship and composition of the ‘pictorial’ words. In all, this is a great app to start engaging with the Chinese language – with the most native speakers in the world!

Miaomiao’s Dumpling Adventure is a playful interactive story for kids, full of great mini-games and some fun lessons for preschoolers along the way. It’s the perfect way to introduce children to the traditions of Chinese New Year along with simple Mandarin words. Chinese words come to life as Miaomiao and Doudou introduce young children to Mandarin through animation and fun interactions. Tap on Chinese characters to see them transform into their associated pictures or trace them in the fun writing section that teaches proper stroke order.

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